I enjoyed the first book, My Sparkling Misfortune, and I was really hoping to like this one. I do, a lot! So much so that I've been recommending Ms. Lond's books to a couple of librarians. I really would like another book though to find out how marriage suits a villain who isn't really that villainous and how he'll deal with the Villain's League.
This prequel novel to a trilogy was a tough read, at times. The main character, Ray, spends a good amount of time reacting rather than acting. Which is not surprising considering he's rather out of his depth having just gotten out of prison, trying to create a new life for himself, and discovering magic is real.
The only problem I had was is near constant internal dialog of victimization, his own or seeing others as victims. Not that he wants to victimize them, as he constantly says in his head, but...
Still the action was good and the magic of the story is well thought out.
It's an interesting short story. It shows promise. I found it well written with an interesting character and a potentially interesting world. I'm looking forward to either another short story, a novella or novel featuring Rian.